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This has been the first taste of the UEFA Champions League for many of Liverpool’s players, but they have hit the ground running – and not stopped

Karius

1

Loris

GOALKEEPER

POSITION

D.O.B

22/06/1993

NATIONALITY

12/0

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE APPS/ GOALS

GERMAN

ALL TIME

2017/18

12/0

Quick off his line and a gifted shot-stopper, Karius moved to Anfield in 2016 and established himself as first choice this year. Had two seasons in Manchester City FC’s youth teams but blossomed in the Bundesliga at 1. FSV Mainz 05. Has a big social media following – and, after a holiday encounter, Justin Bieber’s phone number.

Clyne

2

Nathaniel

DEFENDER

POSITION

D.O.B

05/04/1991

NATIONALITY

2/0

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE APPS/ GOALS

ENGLISH

ALL TIME

2017/18

2/0

Scorer of the goal that secured Liverpool’s first win under Jürgen Klopp in October 2015, the England international missed most of this season with a back injury, returning in April for substitute appearances at Manchester City and AS Roma. After starting out at Crystal Palace FC, the right-back moved to Southampton FC and then to Liverpool three summers ago.

Gomez

12

Joe

DEFENDER

POSITION

D.O.B

23/05/1997

NATIONALITY

5/0

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE APPS/ GOALS

ENGLISH

ALL TIME

2017/18

5/0

The versatile young defender has played mainly at right-back for Liverpool, having joined in 2015 after leaving boyhood club Charlton Athletic FC. Part of England’s victorious squad at the 2014 UEFA European Under-17 Championship, he won his first senior cap last year but misses this final because of an ankle injury.

Robertson

26

Andy

DEFENDER

POSITION

D.O.B

11/03/1994

NATIONALITY

5/0

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE APPS/ GOALS

SCOTTISH

ALL TIME

2017/18

5/0

With his dashes down the flank and dangerous crosses, he has established himself as Liverpool’s first-choice left-back in recent months, having arrived from Hull City AFC last summer. The Scot travelled south to Hull in 2014 after spells at Queen’s Park FC and Dundee United FC, and has revived the Scottish connection that was such a feature of past great Liverpool teams.

Wijnaldum

5

Georginio

MIDFIELDER

POSITION

D.O.B

11/11/1990

NATIONALITY

11/1

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE APPS/ GOALS

DUTCH

ALL TIME

2017/18

11/1

Part of the Netherlands squad that finished third at the 2014 FIFA World Cup – he scored against hosts Brazil in the third-place play-off – Wijnaldum moved to Newcastle United FC in 2015, joining Liverpool a year later. A league and cup winner with PSV Eindhoven, the all-action midfielder hit his first away goal for Liverpool at the Stadio Olimpico in the semi-finals.

Lallana

20

Adam

MIDFIELDER

POSITION

D.O.B

10/05/1988

NATIONALITY

5/0

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE APPS/ GOALS

ENGLISH

ALL TIME

2017/18

1/0

Known for his range of passing and creativity, Lallana came through the academy at Southampton, helping the club rise from the third tier to the top flight before departing for Liverpool in 2014. Part of the England squads at that year’s World Cup and UEFA EURO 2016, he has been sidelined for much of this season with thigh and hamstring injuries.

Firmino

9

Roberto

FORWARD

POSITION

D.O.B

02/10/1991

NATIONALITY

12/10

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE APPS/ GOALS

BRAZILIAN

ALL TIME

2017/18

12/10

He has already reached double figures for goals in his debut UEFA Champions League campaign, repaying the faith Liverpool showed when signing him from Hoffenheim in 2015. With his high work rate, he is the leader of Liverpool’s pressing game and focus of their counterattacks, and has grown in importance since Philippe Coutinho’s mid-season departure.

Ings

28

Danny

FORWARD

POSITION

D.O.B

23/07/1992

NATIONALITY

4/0

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE APPS/ GOALS

ENGLISH

ALL TIME

2017/18

4/0

A revelation as he helped Burnley FC reach the Premier League in 2013/14, Ings is a reliable finisher with both feet and his head. He suffered a serious injury to his left knee in Klopp’s first training session and similar damage to his right 12 months later, but scored his first league goal in two and a half years in April.

Mignolet

22

Simon

GOALKEEPER

POSITION

D.O.B

06/03/1988

NATIONALITY

6/0

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE APPS/ GOALS

BELGIAN

ALL TIME

2017/18

0/0

Began at hometown club K. Sint-Truidense VV before joining Sunderland AFC. Renowned as a penalty expert, having saved eight for Liverpool, he arrived at Anfield in 2013 and kept six clean sheets en route to the 2015/16 UEFA Europa League final. Speaks four languages, has a degree in political science, and specialises in Liverpool-related gifs on social media.

van Dijk

4

Virgil

DEFENDER

POSITION

D.O.B

08/07/1991

NATIONALITY

11/0

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE APPS/ GOALS

DUTCH

ALL TIME

2017/18

5/0

Signed in January from Southampton for a world-record fee for a defender, the centre-back has brought presence and composure to the Liverpool back line. After spells with Willem II and FC Groningen, Van Dijk clinched league titles in both his campaigns with Celtic FC. A Netherlands international since 2015, he was appointed Oranje captain earlier this year.

Klavan

17

Ragnar

DEFENDER

POSITION

D.O.B

30/10/1985

NATIONALITY

8/0

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE APPS/ GOALS

ESTONIAN

ALL TIME

2017/18

7/0

Vastly experienced, Klavan has won over 100 caps for Estonia, where he clinched a league title with FC Flora in 2003 before repeating the feat at Dutch side AZ Alkmaar in 2008/09. Five times Estonia’s footballer of the year, the powerful and dependable centre-back joined Liverpool from FC Augsburg in 2016 and is president of Estonian side JK Tallinna Kalev.

Matip

32

Joël

DEFENDER

POSITION

D.O.B

08/08/1991

NATIONALITY

32/2

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE APPS/ GOALS

CAMEROONIAN

ALL TIME

2017/18

6/0

A Cameroonian international centre-back, Matip was born in Germany and joined FC Schalke 04 at the age of nine, going on to make over 200 appearances for the club. Tough in the tackle and aerially dominant, he signed for Liverpool in 2016 but was ruled out for the rest of this season in April with a thigh injury.

Milner

7

James

MIDFIELDER

POSITION

D.O.B

04/01/1986

NATIONALITY

30/2

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE APPS/ GOALS

ENGLISH

ALL TIME

2017/18

10/0

His assist for Roberto Firmino’s first goal against Roma was his ninth of the UEFA Champions League season – a competition record and sweet reward for the rejuvenated midfielder. A model professional, he has begun joking about his ‘boring’ stereotype on social media yet he brings vital experience from his league and cup triumphs with Manchester City.

Oxlade-Chamberlain

21

Alex

MIDFIELDER

POSITION

D.O.B

15/08/1993

NATIONALITY

36/6

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE APPS/ GOALS

ENGLISH

ALL TIME

2017/18

7/2

Signed from Arsenal FC in August 2017, Oxlade-Chamberlain has thrived in an advanced midfield role, scoring a fabulous quarter-final goal against Manchester City, before suffering a knee injury in the semi-final first leg. Son of former England international Mark Chamberlain, he has won plenty of admirers – and 32 caps – since his debut aged 16 for Southampton.

Salah

11

Mohamed

FORWARD

POSITION

D.O.B

15/06/1992

NATIONALITY

27/13

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE APPS/ GOALS

EGYPTIAN

ALL TIME

2017/18

12/10

What a debut campaign it has been for the Egyptian international, voted Player of the Year in England after becoming the first Reds player to exceed 40 goals in a season since Ian Rush in 1986/87. With two goals against old club Roma in the semi-finals, he reached double figures in this competition alone, highlighting his metamorphosis from tricky winger to deadly finisher.

Solanke

29

Dominic

FORWARD

POSITION

D.O.B

14/09/1997

NATIONALITY

4/0

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE APPS/ GOALS

ENGLISH

ALL TIME

2017/18

3/0

Aged 17, he had a 17-minute taste of UEFA Champions League action in 2014/15 with Chelsea FC – and ended the season as top scorer in the Londoners’ UEFA Youth League triumph. Twice an FA Youth Cup winner, he agreed to join Liverpool last May before helping England win the FIFA U-20 World Cup, finishing with four goals and the Golden Ball.

Ward

24

Danny

GOALKEEPER

POSITION

D.O.B

22/06/1993

NATIONALITY

0/0

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE APPS/ GOALS

WELSH

ALL TIME

2017/18

0/0

Signed from his local club Wrexham AFC aged just 18, the Welsh international is highly rated on Merseyside, and enjoyed a productive loan spell with Aberdeen FC in the first half of 2015/16. His Liverpool debut followed in April 2016, before Ward joined Huddersfield Town FC on loan last term, helping the Terriers achieve promotion to the Premier League.

Lovren

6

Dejan

DEFENDER

POSITION

D.O.B

05/07/1989

NATIONALITY

27/1

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE APPS/ GOALS

CROATIAN

ALL TIME

2017/18

11/0

Another to move from Southampton, Lovren joined Liverpool in 2014 and is described by manager Klopp as a “genetically” perfect defender who “can head like crazy, jumps through the roof”. The former GNK Dinamo Zagreb and Olympique Lyonnais player sent Anfield crazy with his winner against Borussia Dortmund in the 2015/16 UEFA Europa League quarter-finals.

Moreno

18

Alberto

DEFENDER

POSITION

D.O.B

05/07/1992

NATIONALITY

13/0

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE APPS/ GOALS

SPANISH

ALL TIME

2017/18

8/0

The left-back came through the ranks at local club Sevilla FC, leaving for Liverpool in 2014. Dangerous going forward, Moreno was part of Spain’s victorious UEFA European U21 Championship team in 2013 and followed up with a UEFA Europa League title with Sevilla FC 12 months later – before losing out to his old team with the Reds in the 2016 final.

Alexander-Arnold

66

Trent

DEFENDER

POSITION

D.O.B

07/10/1998

NATIONALITY

9/1

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE APPS/ GOALS

ENGLISH

ALL TIME

2017/18

9/1

The attack-minded right-back kicked off Liverpool’s UEFA Champions League journey with the free-kick opener at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in the first leg of the play-offs – the Liverpudlian’s European debut. Beloved by fans as a local boy made good, he is the Reds’ most accomplished academy graduate since Steven Gerrard, who tipped him as a future star in 2015.

Henderson

14

Jordan

MIDFIELDER

POSITION

D.O.B

17/06/1990

NATIONALITY

14/1

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE APPS/ GOALS

ENGLISH

ALL TIME

2017/18

9/0

Succeeding Steven Gerrard as Liverpool captain in 2015, the hard-working box-to-box midfielder has become a central figure at Anfield despite a series of injury problems, joining from home-town club Sunderland in 2011. An England international at every level from U19 upwards, Henderson has been part of the senior squad at the last three major tournaments.

Can

23

Emre

MIDFIELDER

POSITION

D.O.B

12/01/1994

NATIONALITY

16/1

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE APPS/ GOALS

GERMAN

ALL TIME

2017/18

7/1

The German has moved up and down the pitch since his early days at FC Bayern München. First an attacking midfielder, he took on a more defensive role at Bayer 04 Leverkusen and played in defence after joining Liverpool in 2014. Scorer of the first goal of Klopp’s reign, Can has since returned to midfield but missed the season’s run-in with a back injury.

Mané

19

Sadio

FORWARD

POSITION

D.O.B

10/04/1992

NATIONALITY

10/9

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE APPS/ GOALS

SENEGALESE

ALL TIME

2017/18

10/9

He scored the fastest hat-trick in Premier League history for his previous club, Southampton, and has flourished in Liverpool’s fearsome attacking trio during his second season at Anfield. Indeed, the quicksilver Senegal winger has found a new level in this post-Coutinho Liverpool side, scoring in every round of the knockout phase – including a hat-trick at FC Porto.

GAME PLAN

A ferocious but focused pressing game and some added steel at the back have taken Liverpool far

 

Ferocious up front, intense in midfield and increasingly solid at the back, Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool FC have been a sight to behold. How different their prospects appeared in January, when the Anfield outfit lost their creative fulcrum, Philippe Coutinho, to FC Barcelona. Instead of splashing out on a replacement, Klopp swooped for centre-back Virgil van Dijk – and that masterstroke provided the platform for their success in the knockout rounds

Coutinho’s role had already evolved in the first half of the campaign, with Klopp opting to utilise his visionary gifts behind a new front three of Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané. Together, the trio have clicked superbly, the hard-working Firmino leading Liverpool’s terrific pressing game with Salah and Mané providing pace, guile and finishing ability from wider positions.

The main beneficiary of Coutinho’s exit has been Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, the former Arsenal FC player injecting more zip and ball progression into the Reds’ approach play before his injury last month. That was never more evident than at home to Manchester City FC in the last eight, when fellow midfielders James Milner and Jordan Henderson also thrived. 

Klopp’s Liverpool are about more than just high pressing. They can be very adaptable, as when Georginio Wijnaldum moved to defensive midfield during the second leg against City, or when Firmino switched to the left wing to counter City’s build-up play in the same match. It may appear chaotic with their high press and swarming of the opposition, but Liverpool’s strategy is perfectly calibrated to ensure players are, as Klopp has said, “in the right spaces in the right moments”.

Having filled in at left-back last term, Milner has shone as the complete midfielder in Klopp’s 4-3-3 this season, serving up a record nine assists but also mopping up when required. Young full-backs Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson have been even more of a revelation, their dynamism an obvious asset further forward and their defensive talents maturing. The arrival of long-term target Van Dijk has been the real key at the back, however. The Dutch international settled quickly and has given the Reds a newfound solidity, while bringing out the best in partner Dejan Lovren.

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